The renovation of ECO Modern Flats was not just a transformation of the buildings, but also an examination and reinvention of each system, including waste. At the time of the renovation, our city did not offer a recycling program for multifamily properties, so we designed our recycling program from scratch. Along with our collaborators at modus studio, we designed and built these recycling stations, and we worked with the City of Fayetteville to put together a plan to deliver recyclables to their facility in South Fayetteville.
Last month, ECO Modern Flats hosted 41 green industry professionals as part of the Blue Pathways workshop on Low Impact Design (LID) installation and maintenance. Tim Copeland, the groundskeeper at ECO, provided a tour and discussed best practices in stormwater management in use on site, including stormwater cisterns and a rain garden. The Blue Pathways program provides training to landscape architects, engineers, project managers, park planners, trail coordinators, irrigation specialists and contractors in Northwest Arkansas.
With all the water and energy-saving upgrades, we knew that we would be saving natural resources, but we could only estimate the savings. Now that ECO has been up and running for over a year, we are able to crunch some numbers. One of the simplest comparisons is water use, and we’re thrilled with the results.
Living bigger in compact spaces is an important element of green living. Architect Chris Baribeau explains how creative use of existing space produced rooftop patios and balconies for outdoor living.
The redesign of ECO challenged designers to make the most of leftover spaces. Architect Chris Baribeau explains how an imaginative approach created a series of new gardens and outdoor gathering spaces.
Architect Chris Baribeau introduces two low-tech sustainable solutions in use at ECO: the steel cable trellis system and rainwater cisterns.